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Citra Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Citra Single Hop IPACitra Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 06-10-2011)
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Photo of quirkzoo
2.4/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

IPA's without dates scare me, especially overseas IPAs but this one is new in a store with decent turnover so I went for it, wish I hadn't.

Pours a very nice dirty orange color with a thick two finger white head that slowly recedes to a nice thick cap. The smell is very interesting, it reminds me of the street market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Very sweet, with a palm sugar aroma that has a vegetal undertone, not very complex and not what I would expect from Citra hops. The taste was bitter up front and almost no flavor except for some alcohol heat. The mouthfeel was strange and flaccid. Overall I poured the second half down the drain, not worth it.

From looking at other reviews it seems as though my experience is in the minority, but if you find this beer, make sure it is fresh.

quirkzoo, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of PopGun
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

PopGun, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of sneth019
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

sneth019, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep copper colour with a large bubbled off white head that reduces fast and laces, has floaties in it.

S - Mainly buttery malts with a backup of hop, might not be that fresh.

T - Up front some bitterness followed by small amounts of hop followed by a buttery malty finish.

M - Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

O - Not the best offering of this series, would like to try fresh.

eric5bellies, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Trilogy31
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful deep auburn with a fluffly almost belgian blondesque head to it, which dissipated slowly leaving thick lacing. Overall this expensive 12oz beer was dissapointing as the malts and roasted sweetness really shine through unfortunately when the hops should shine. I picked up light notes of pine and citrus - this would be way better served in almost a nuetral malt character to allow the single variety hops to really shine. Not a bad beer but far from a pure example of hop puriety.

Trilogy31, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

6.8% according to my bottle (purchased today). 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love Mikkeller and I really liked the Amarillo single hop, though the other beers in the series have been overpriced disappointments.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent dark dull copper with floating yeast particles clearly visible. Lots of yeast in this one. No bubble show. Decent lacing.

Sm: Floral bittering hop aroma. No pine or grapefruit but maybe some buried citrus on the back end. Caramel. Butterscotch. Toffee. An interesting hop aroma; more complex than I always figured citra was. Some cream. An average strength, intriguing aroma.

T: Full-bodied clean malts support the simple hop flavour: hints of toffee with bland floral character. Some cream. Caramel and hints of butterscotch. Muddy fermented tangerine. Hops are indistinct and layer well with the malts; this is well balanced albeit murky. Interesting but somewhat underwhelming. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Actually, maybe some biscuity yeast. But the yeast character is shockingly limited considering you can plainly see chunks of it floating about.

Mf: Silky smooth with some coarseness on the climax. Nicely wet and refreshing on the open, but it gets dryer as it slides towards the finish. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Quite drinkable but a bit boring and underwhelming. That said, it's much more mellow and malt friendly than most IPAs. There's no biting bitterness or stinging citrus. I have a new appreciation for citra. That said, it's not as good as the Amarillo single hop. As an experiment, this is a success, and it does feel like a complete beer, but it's just not that interesting. A passable IPA, but not one fans of the style will be impressed with.

C

kojevergas, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3/5  rDev -21.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Neffbeer
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Neffbeer, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of pohldogg356
3/5  rDev -21.9%

pohldogg356, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Jeff_Byrd
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Jeff_Byrd, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.9%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of mrand01
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Golden amber/orange color with a thick off-white head. Lots of sediment even with a careful pour. Head never really fully settles. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Hoppy with some muted citrus notes, grapefruit being the most prominent.

T: Meh, was expecting a tropical fruit & citrus hop combo, instead it's very piney and caramel-y.

M: Medium bodied and fairly sticky.

O: This was a bit of a let down as I was expecting the Citra hop to be more pronounced. Not to say that it isn't a good IPA though.

mrand01, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of RolandoHH
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark orange, with a two finger thick head with medium retention. There's a LOT of yeast chunks floating around. Intentional or not, this isn't precisely appealing.

S - Earthy, woody scent, with a hint of malty sweetness and definitely some yeast.

T - Taste matches the nose. Earthy, woody, malty (much more than I expected), with a hint of vanilla.

M - Smooth, even considering the yeast chunks.

O - Aside from the appearance, an enjoyable IPA, though the balance is off in places.

RolandoHH, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bavarian Lodge.

A- Very cloudy, creamy lemon with 1 finger white head and lacing the clings to the glass throughout the beer.

S- Smell no hops in this beer. Its all lemons and lemon peel with some other citrus in there.

T- Again like the aroma, a ton of tart lemons and belgian yeast. Do not pick up on the hops at all, just more tart, bitter lemon.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation and creamy texture.

O- Not sure if this was the right beer or what, but this did not seem like a ipa at all. Seemed more like a saison or sour. Maybe the draft is different? Not a bad beer, just had to down grade it because of the characteristics didn't match the style.

kawilliams81, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of BuddyE
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

BuddyE, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Bellonc
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Bellonc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of CityofBals
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of xseanprimex
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

xseanprimex, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

drummermattie02, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with lots of hop residue and a thin head into my glass. I love citra hops so naturally, this stood out a lot.

Sweet and citrusy upfront. Malt has a buttery edge. Otherwise, not much else to report aroma-wise.

Grassy with a touch of pine, citrus and buttery malt. It might not be as fresh as I'd hoped. I was expecting a bigger citra kick.

Mouthfeel isn't much different. No freshness indicator on bottle.

Well, it is an IPA but it's just not what I was expecting flavor-wise.

Brad007, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep cloudy marmalade hue, tall rocky off-white head with intense retention.

Spicy leafy notes with grapefruit rind on the nose, while lemon and tangerine float in the background. Very faint grainy malt present.

Sweet cakey malt is immediately eclipsed by puckering citrus and herbal hop notes, building in intensity towards the finish with a more pith and rind character. Grapefruit rind assertively lingers on in the aftertaste.

On the fuller side of medium-bodied, slippery and full texture, with low yet still present carbonation.

A decent showcase for the Citra hop varietal, yet overall and overly lop-sided IPA. For those craving a hop fix or to check out what the Citra has to offer.

IronDjinn, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of mattsander
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany in color with copper highlights and a long lasting off-white head. Small amounts of lacing. TONS of globby yeast sediment. This would be a decent looking beer without the yeast.

S: Perfume of sweet melon (maybe canteloupe?), some lychee, fruity sticky munich-ish malts, and a hint of alcohol on the end. A pretty damn good smelling IPA, but restrained for an all Citra-beer. No cat pee, onion or resin.

T: A well mannered, tame american IPA leaning towards sweet. Bottle says 80 IBU but this tastes more like 50.

M: Medium mouthfeel, easy drinking and refreshing.

Too malt-foward a bit stale on the nose to be great, but not a bad IPA.

mattsander, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle with the orange label (different than the picture). This one pours an interesting orange with some reddish hue to it and a one finger soapy off white head. The aromas are very citrusy with a moderate amount of sticky sweet malt. I don't think that it's as fresh as I originally thought. The flavors are pretty malty with a slight citrus hop character with a slightly dry and bitter finish. It is what it is. It drinks light and the flavors aren't bad, just not awe inspiring. This is pretty similar to the rest of their single hop series, superior hop varietal or not.

aasher, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought down from NYC. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle with no freshness information into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly dark copper, hazy to almost opaque. A low amount of visible carbonation still leads to a one-finger white head.

S: Bready and toasted caramel sweet malts, some floral and citrus pith hop aromas, and a bit of sweet booze.

T: Malt forward, with toasted bready malts, caramel and toffee, with a moderate citrus pith and pine hop presence. Moderate bitterness in the hang.

M: Average body and mouthfeel for style. Moderate carbonation sensation, and the alcohol seems more noticeable than it should be.

O: This wasn't horrible by any stretch, but I won't have another. More malt forward than expected with way less of the nice Citra flavors that you would want in this beer.

macrosmatic, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 07, 2013
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Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.